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Environmental Factor

Environmental Factor

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April 2020

boy drinking a cup of water
GenX affects function of proteins that protect the brain

New research is part of a larger NIEHS effort to better understand PFAS chemicals.

Donna Baird, Ph.D.
Uterine fibroids symposium draws international audience

Experts shared scientific advances and environmental connections at a meeting co-sponsored by the Campion Fund.

Wendy Jefferson, Ph.D.
Soy causes uterine changes in mice

NIEHS researchers found that newborn mice exposed to genistein, which mimics estrogen in the body, experienced pregnancy failure as adults.

Peter Tontonoz, M.D., Ph.D.
Good cholesterol is transported by novel proteins

Research by Peter Tontonoz could open the door to new therapies for people with high cholesterol and other lipid disorders.

Xiaoling Li, Ph.D.
Gut bacteria and human cells collaborate, make enzyme needed for life

Bacteria in some tumors may hinder cancer treatments.

2 members of Bangladesh Ministry of Public Administration
Bangladeshi officials learn how NIEHS research helps their country

Discussion focused on arsenic contamination and indoor air quality during delegation's Mar. 5 visit to the institute.

Paul Wade, Ph.D.
Link between high-fat diet and liver disease reported

Mice fed a diet rich in saturated fat showed dramatic changes in liver gene expression, which may explain how diet affects that organ.

Mimi Huang, Ph.D.
Society of Toxicology awards recognize fellows, grantees

Two National Toxicology Program fellows and three current grantees are among the outstanding scientists honored with 2020 SOT awards.

Botanical supplements in glass jars
Botanical safety taken on by new consortium

The Botanical Safety Consortium launches call for diverse groups to join.

Julian Schroeder, Ph.D.
Plants take up heavy metals, help reduce pollution

Julian Schroeder studies how plants respond to environmental stress, shedding light on ways to decontaminate soil and improve crop yields.

Frederica Perera, Ph.D.
Frederica Perera honored for pioneering research, community engagement

The NIEHS Spirit Lecture Awardee collaborates with disadvantaged groups to study how chemicals affect children and other vulnerable people.

woman sleeping on her side
Sleep health disparities research can be improved, experts say

A report coauthored by NIEHS epidemiologist Chandra Jackson could lead to better sleep health for disadvantaged groups.

Capt. Jeff Church
Capt. Jeff Church honored by industrial hygiene group

The American Industrial Hygiene Association cited his expertise in toxicology, emergency response missions, and many roles in the society.

Michelle Heacock, Ph.D.
Environmental risks visualized through new online tools

Information on drinking water quality and pollution is now more accessible to the public, thanks to NIEHS-funded researchers.

Tammy Collins, Ph.D.
Fellows shine in communication challenge

Competitors had just three minutes to explain their research to nonscientists.


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